stroke misdiagnosis disproportionate in the young says Washington Post

Pat Croskerry croskerry at EASTLINK.CA
Tue Jun 17 19:22:32 UTC 2014


Probably a number of factors involved, but principle among them are likely
to be representativeness and ascertainment biases.

i.e. clinicians see what they expect to see, and expect stroke victims to be
older.

Pat

 

 

 

From: David Newman-Toker [mailto:toker at JHU.EDU] 
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Subject: [IMPROVEDX] stroke misdiagnosis disproportionate in the young says
Washington Post

 

Stroke is a major public health problem, and recent work suggests young
patients are having more strokes, with rates rising alarmingly in recent
years, according to an article in today's Washington Post. 

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/strokes-long-on-the-de
cline-among-the-elderly-are-rising-among-younger-adults/2014/06/16/f1f54538-
e5d9-11e3-a86b-362fd5443d19_story.html

 

They are also much more likely to be misdiagnosed (7-fold greater risk in
those 18-45 relative to those >75).

 

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/dx.2014.1.issue-2/dx-2013-0038/dx-2013-0038.
xml

 

Thoughts?

 

David

 

 

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